Coronavirus may be forcing everyone to stay home, but talk show hosts aren’t letting that stop them from reaching their audiences.
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, Samatha Bee and Stephen Colbert have all turned to YouTube to keep folks entertained.
Jimmy Fallon even continued interviewing guests on a segment he calls “The Tonight Show: Home Edition,” with Lin Manuel Miranda join him via video conference.
Fallon’s introduction video to his homebound show has garnered more than 4 million views since it was posted Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert has talked to viewers from his bathtub and his firepit (which currently has more than 2.5 million views), while Jimmy Kimmel has included his kids’ drawings in videos. Since posting his “Quarantine Minilogue” Wednesday, Kimmel has racked up nearly 1 million views.
Meanwhile, Samatha Bee poked fun at the concept by introducing her video, “Oh, hi there. I’m Samatha Bee and I’m just hanging out at my house, fully made-up,” while Trevor Noah has even re-dubbed “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” as “The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah.”
The late-night shows are all on hiatus for the time being — but with the hosts addressing their audiences from YouTube at all hours of the day, it’s changing the meaning of “late night.”
“Right now, we don’t know when we’re going back to the studio. We don’t know if we’re going back to the studio, and I don’t think any of you know any different,” Trevor Noah told the camera in his video, posted yesterday. “Coronavirus has changed everyone’s lives, so we decided to make the ‘Daily Show’ from home … use the technology we have to try to make the show. So that’s what we’re going to be doing.”
Even Rosie O’Donnell is reviving her talk show (1996-2002) online this weekend for charity to support The Actor’s Fund, which helps behind-the-scenes crew members in the entertainment industry who are currently losing their jobs over all the production shutdowns. O’Donnell’s guests will include Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Billy Porter and Morgan Freeman.